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Android-based BlackBerry Venice tipped for AT&T, Passport clone also on deck

The unconfirmed but rampant gossip of BB’s Android exploration takes an even more surprising turn, as a fishy Lollipop-powered Passport render emerges.

BlackBerry Passport Android

Perennial skeptics were probably shaken up by vague recent comments from BlackBerry’s typically candid CEO, who essentially insinuated anything was possible for his struggling company on the hardware front, as long as security philosophies could be honored.

Now, we’re just about to enter crazy speculation territory, with the previously rumored slide-out “Venice” further supported by a legendary mobile leakster, and an unanticipated Android-running Passport lookalike also thrown in the mix.

Let’s not forget the “Prague” either, which should target the low-cost, low-end niche with Google’s beloved OS on the software side of things and a Z3-style exterior. Wait, so Waterloo may actually dive into shark-infested Android waters from three different ramps, each more perilous than the other?

BlackBerry Torch 9810 AT&T

It’s conceivable, believe it or not, given @evleaks has rarely been wrong in the past, no matter how outrageous his predictions. The high-end Venice in particular appears imminent, and will at the very least secure AT&T as a US carrier partner.

Nice of Ma Bell to stick in BlackBerry’s corner for better or worse, in (financial) sickness and health, for safe enterprise-centric bets and consumer long shots.

Meanwhile, the image tweeted by Evan Blass of a purported lower half pertaining to an awkward Passport with Lollipop goodies inside could well be a fake. A fan-made concept (and not a great one), or a substandard stab at an online hoax.

Still, if the seasoned informer is ready to stick his neck out for the modified QWERTY keyboard/touchscreen hybrid, maybe there’s some truth to the outlandish story after all. And perhaps the dubious render is only meant to offer temporary visual aid, until a real pic can come out.

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